1919 Dodge, 1923 T, 1929 Model A
The three pictures you see here represent different stages of Paul Dunne's life. The 1919 Dodge used the front part of a touring car, built in the style of a T-bucket. It had an Olds engine, trans, and rearend, and was built in Dunne's high school metal shop class in 1965. He entered it in the Del Mar County Fair in 1966 and won a blue ribbon First Place award. The yellow T-bucket was built while he was in the army in 1970, and was driven to the Street Rod Nats in 1972 in Detroit. It won First Place in the streetkhana (what we'd now call autocross!) and was on the cover of this very magazine. The red 1929 A was built around nine years ago.
Dunne is lifetime member No. 81 of the NSRA, and a founding member of the Over The Hill Gang. In fact, he tells us that the two cars on the club plaque are his, a T hot rod and a 1928 Model A Sport Coupe.
Arthur L. Schultz
1953 Dodge Coronet
"The year was 1958 and I was cruising around the Chicago area in my 1953 Dodge Coronet," writes Arthur Schultz. "It was my first car, at 16, given to me by my uncle because it had broken down by the side of the road. Not knowing what was wrong with it, my father, grandfather, and I went to get it on a Saturday morning. With a few tools and a set of jumper cables we got the Dodge running. All it needed was a new battery!
"My friends gave me a lot of help. As I had no insurance we would not go cruising just yet, so we worked on my car. After replacing service items we added Smitty's mufflers, lowered the front and rear suspension, and added Olds spinner caps, cruiser skirts, and new tires. We then nosed and decked it, and painted it black; 1958 was a great year for me!"
Jerry Laboranti Jr.
1929 Model A Sport Coupe
Jerry Laboranti Jr. is 33 and spends his time hanging out with fellow Aces & Eights Car Club members, or in his garage wrenching on something. This 1929 Model A Sport Coupe is his latest project. The body was "a real mess when I got it, needing lots of sheetmetal replacement and hammer and dolly work," according to Laboranti.
It sits on a boxed original frame with a 1934 Ford frontend, 1940 spindles, finned backing plates with juice brakes, 1949 Ford pickup steering, a 1957 Chevy rearend, and ladder bars and split 'bones with buggy springs front and rear. Laboranti made the roof with his friend Larry, and painted the car himself. He drives it whenever he can and put 5,000 miles on it the first year.
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